Ceramic is a popular material for wall tiles particularly in kitchens and bathrooms, but modern homes are including ceramic tiles throughout Toronto homes. Ceramic tiles are affordable and durable. Here are some things to know about these tiles.
What are the types of ceramics?
Ceramic tiles come in glazed, unglazed and porcelain (specialized type of ceramic).
- Glazed tiles can have matte, semi-gloss and high-gloss finishes,
- Porcelain tiles are stronger and more durable than glazed tiles. These tiles are non-porous and resistant to scratching.
Are ceramic tiles always white bodied?
Ceramic tiles that are imported from Europe are typically white-bodied, which means the manufacturer used a white clay as the base for the tile. The color of the tile does not indicate quality or durability. Some suppliers do use red clay to produce ceramic tiles. Red clay may be more affordable because the manufacturer is using readily available material instead of importing white clay. Once they’re installed, red-bodied tile should have the same look and effect as white-bodied.
Does ceramic tile need to be sealed?
Ceramic tile is a kiln-fired material. On its own, it is highly durable. These tiles typically do not need to be sealed, as they have a glaze on the surface that protects the tile.
Grout, the material that fills the gaps between tiles, can be sealed if preferred
Does ceramic tile break easily?
Ceramic tiles are not recommended for flooring, because they do break easily when something is dropped on them. They are designed to be used in bathrooms and kitchens on the walls, to protect the walls against moisture and stains. These tiles are a great way to update a kitchen or bathroom, because the design options are endless.
Is it possible to seal cracks in ceramic tile?
Although ceramic tile is durable, it is not indestructible. If a ceramic tile cracks, it is recommended to have a professional fix or replace it, to avoid damaging other tiles around the broken tile.
How many colour and texture options are there with ceramic tiles?
Ceramic tiles come in a wide range of colours and textures. By combining different colours, sizes and patterns, you can create beautiful designs that match your home’s interior décor. Tile stores in Toronto can help you find the tile that fits your style, performance, and aesthetics. Using mosaics, medallions, or decorative inserts in addition to traditional tiles, you can design an intricate pattern with a stunning border.
What is the latest trend in decorative ceramic tile?
Decorative ceramic tile has its trends that come and go. This year, Moroccan style patterns are very chic. In the bathroom, hexagons and block patterns are popular. Another fashionable trend for tiles in Toronto is hand-painted or hand-drawn tiles unique to your style. Colours of tile that are trending are nature colors, terra cotta, greens, and browns.
Are subway tile ceramics still on trend?
Subway ceramic tiles have been popular since they were first introduced in the early 20th century in the New York subway, hence the name. These rectangular tiles now come in many different sizes, from the most common 3 x 6 inches, to 3×12, 2×16, and 2.5×8. These tiles may appear plain, but they create an impactful design when combined together.
Can I get large format Ceramic tile?
Large format tile is becoming more popular as a way of decreasing the amount of grout used when laying ceramic tile. The most popular large format ceramic tiles come in sizes 10×30, 12×24, and 8×24 inches. Use
large format ceramic tile for a clean look or to make a space feel larger.
How to distinguish between porcelain and ceramic tile?
Porcelain tiles are more durable than ceramic, because they are fired at higher temperatures. The easiest way to tell the difference is to look at the edges. Porcelain tiles are the same colour throughout. If a chip happens, it won’t be as obvious. Ceramic tiles have colours or designs printed on the surface before a glaze is applied. The body of the tile is a different colour than the top.